Throughout her basketball career at Mountain Pointe, Kaylah Lupoe has been known more for her defense than her offense.
Other than Nicole Powell, an Arizona high school Hall of Famer who finished with 2,478 career points and 1,760 career rebounds at Mountain Pointe, the Pride senior might be considered the best post player in the history of the program, keyed by her ability to block shots.
It’s clear, however, she can do some pretty good things on the offensive end as well as Lupoe was recognized after Tuesday’s win over Xavier for going over 1,000 points in her career.
Pride coach Trevor Neider, who presented Lupoe with a ball with 1,000 points written on it on Tuesday, said before the season Lupoe could have reached the mark much earlier if she wasn’t so unselfish.
She has averaged 27 assists — an impressive number for a player on the block — her first three seasons. Neider said he has been pleading for Lupoe to look to score more often and hopes it sinks in this year.
“She is just so unselfish,” he said of the Hampton University recruit. “She could score a lot more than she does. I told her this is her senior year and we are going to need her to look to the basket more than her teammates.”
The Pride won five of its first six games as they look to win 20 games for the fifth straight year and go beyond the quarterfinals for the first time since winning state in 2002.
Brown’s career numbers
Mountain Pointe wide receiver Jalen Brown finished with his career with 181 catches for 3,367 yards and 50 touchdowns.
The 50 receiving touchdowns (he had 2 defensive TDs, too) are an Arizona 11-man football record and the other two marks are only bettered by Desert Mountain senior Mark Andrew, who finished with 207 catches for 3,674 yards and 48 touchdowns.
One last thought on football
It’s pretty clear the talent to win a state title was there for Mountain Pointe.
There’s no debating that.
One thing that has crossed my mind in the days that have followed, if the Pride never gained the confidence from beating Bishop Gorman would they have been as dominant?
It’s something we will never know, but they have Hamilton, the team the Pride beat for the championship, to thank for it.
If you remember correctly, Hamilton, as defending champions, were originally asked to play Gorman but turned it down because it was already playing two out-of-state games.
It stepped up the Pride and out came a swagger that helped Mountain Pointe to essentially blow out the next 13 opponents after beating nationally-respected and nationally-ranked Gorman.
I’m not sure the Pride would have had that same confidence and attitude if they crossed back over the Hoover Dam had they played and defeated Liberty (Nev.).
Metter finishes great career
Betsi Metter left the Desert Vista volleyball program as a decorated player, holding the school record for kills at 1,317, but her college career was even more impressive.
The Loyola Marymount senior managed to three-peat as the West Coast Conference Defensive Player of the Year in 2013, earning the selection for the third consecutive year to cap what has been a storied career for the former Thunder star.
Metter was on the honorable mention All-WCC team once again in 2013, she has now been named to the squad three times.
Metter finishes her career as LMU’s all-time leader in digs and aces, amassing 1,802 digs and 170 aces over a four-year career. The digs mark is good for fourth in WCC history, while the aces rank fifth.
Her .39 aces per set rank second only to Lori Rodman (.45 from 1984-87) in the LMU record book, while her 4.10 digs per set are second only to Kerry House (4.89 from 1989-90).
Metter’s 0.52 aces per set in 2013 rank second in the single-season record book and eighth in the nation this year, while her WCC-best 54 aces rank third overall in LMU history.
Defensively, she averaged a WCC-high 4.74 digs per set in 2013 (493 total digs), good for 64th in the nation this year. In Conference play alone, she tallied 320 digs and added 27 service aces to lead the WCC in that category.
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